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Thursday, September 30, 2010

BYU Art Exhibit Captures Grandeur Of American Southwest


James Swinnerton's "Agatha's Needle
(El Capitan)," is part of the exhibit "Wide
Open Spaces" at the BYU Museum of Art.
Courtesy BYU Museum of Art

The BYU Museum of Art is hosting an exhibit featuring an impressive collection of Southwestern art. It will be on display through March 10, 2012, in the Robert W. & Amy T. Barker and Milton & Gloria Barlow galleries.

The Daily Herald has this article about the exhibit. Below are excerpts.

"Wide-Open Spaces: Capturing the Grandeur of the American Southwest" is the first in a series of exhibitions at the Museum of Art which, over the next five years, will explore the art of the Southwestern region. The exhibit will be on display through March 10, 2012, in the Robert W. & Amy T. Barker and Milton & Gloria Barlow galleries, which have been remodeled to extend the southwestern theme of the paintings to the galleries' surroundings.

"Dozens of talented artists educated in Europe and the eastern United States were attracted to the expansive vistas and awe-inspiring mountains of the American Southwest in the early 20th century," Anderson said. "This exhibition explores how these artists developed new approaches in composition, color and technique to capture the glories and grandeur of the region."

The 80 pieces featured in the exhibition include works pulled from the Museum of Art's permanent collection -- including works by influential Western artist Maynard Dixon -- as well as the Diane and Sam Stewart Art Collection, which is currently on loan to the museum and hosts a number of paintings from the art centers of Taos and Santa Fe, N.M.

"Together, these two collections give a more complete and impressive sample of American Southwest art than either collection alone," Anderson said. "This is a special opportunity to see the best of both collections."

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